A man described as ‘the father Christmas of mobile cinema’ is to be presented with the first ‘For the love of film’ award from BAFTA, at their red carpet awards night in London on Sunday (February 10th).

Iain MacColl is the senior operator of the Screen Machine, a welcome fixture in the cultural life of Tarbert in Harris, Castlebay in Barra and 38 other highland and island rural communities. Screen Machine the UK’s only full-time, self-contained mobile cinema and Iain has been with the service since it was launched in 1998

His total dedication ensures that the Screen Machine brings each community their regular serving of blockbusters and arthouse films, projected to the highest technical standards. As senior operator, he has to do everything from driving the machine to projecting the films.

Andrew Orr of the BAFTA film committee said: “Iain stood out due to his long service and the wide-reaching impact of Screen Machine which has ensured that the cinematic experience is available to communities across the Highlands and Islands. I was awed by his commitment to cinema and delighted that BAFTA is recognising his amazing work.”

Iain MacColl said: “It is amazing to see the work of the Screen Machine being recognised by BAFTA, and all the hard work that not just myself, but everyone at Screen Machine has put in over the last 21 years. I very much look forward to attending the Film Awards ceremony later this week.”

The EE British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 10th February at the Royal Albert Hall and will be hosted by Joanna Lumley.

Iain gets an overnight stay and dinner at the Savoy hotel, and will join the country’s biggest celebration of film.